Let's say a graph shows a percentage above 10%. Would it be correct to say:

Quite over the 10%.

I'm not sure if "quite" is ok in this context, and I'm wondering if "the" could be used in case 10% is somehow important: for example it may be the higher value in the chart (while not having "something graphical" different).

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You could use above instead of over since there is above/below directions in a graph

The graph is above 10%, showing a value over 10%

To describe a number much greater than 10%, you could say

quite above 10%
very much above 10%
well over 10%
significantly above 10%

Quite is more a BrE term than an AmE term meaning much.

You would use the if 10% was used as an adjective

the 10% level
the 10% mark

Only using the 10% would not have any meaning by itself, and articles are not usually used for plain numbers but for cardinal and ordinal numbers.

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    I would avoid the word 'quite' as it's a bit of a minefield. It's used differently in BrE and AmE, and in BrE it can mean different things depending on the emphasis you put on the word. The other options are clear and unambiguous whoever you're talking to.
    – ssav
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 12:26
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    @ssav +1 Quite. (BrE meaning) :)
    – Peter
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 12:30
  • @ssav - I'm not sure that I'd go so far as to say "avoid" the word quite, although you're correct to point out that the word's meaning can morph a little bit (or quite a bit?) depending on the usage and context.
    – J.R.
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36

I'd use the word "well" as in well over 10% if what you mean that it is not just barely over 10% but perhaps something like 15%

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